No. 30 — Pages 136-137: Ângela Maria

  • Ângela Maria — Sucessos de Ângela Maria No. 2
    (1955) Copacabana CLP 3017
  • Ângela Maria — Menina, Quem Foi Seu Mestre/Boêmio na Calçada
    (1967) Copacabana 611
  • Ângela Maria — Ave Maria no Morro/Tera Sêca
    (1965) Copacabana 340
  • Ângela Maria — Boneca
    (1965) Copacabana CLP 11426
  • Ângela Maria — Ângela, a Maior Maria
    (1964) RCA Victor BBL 1286
  • Ângela Maria — Borrasca/Canção de um Triste/Serenata/Se Tu Voltasses
    (1961) Continental 45.167
  • Ângela Maria — Sucessos de Ângela Maria
    (1955) Copacabana CLP 2005
  • Ângela Maria — Cinderela/Longe de Você/A Hora do Adeus/Cigana
    (1966) Copacabana 3535
  • Ângela Maria — Quando A Noite Vem – Ângela Maria, Uma Voz Para Milhões
    (1961) Continental LPP 3.144/SLP 7.001


This double-page spread from the book features the famous singer Ângela Maria.

Even though Abelim Maria da Cunha (*1928), better known as Ângela Maria, had her prime in the fifties and sixties, her career is one of the most enduring among Brazilian vocalists, spanning six decades since her recording debut in 1951.

Born into the family of a reverend, Ângela Maria began her musical education singing in the baptist choir along with her brothers. Meeting the opposition of her parents, she decided to participate in local competitions to become a professional singer, but despite her vocal qualities she was refused because her style was considered too similar to Dalva de Oliveira, who was at the height of her career then. Determined to start a career of her own, Ângela Maria left her home at the age of twenty and adopted her stage name, looking out for success. She was soon discovered by composers Erasmo Silva and Jaime Moreira who introcuced her to Rádio Mayrink Veiga. In her first radio appearance, Ângela Maria forgot the words, missed the beat and almost burst into tears because of her failure, but this event induced her to develop her own style instead of imitating others.

In 1951, the single Sou Feliz b/w Quando Alguém Vai Embora became Ângela Maria’s recording debut, followed by more than 100 singles and albums. For twelve consecutive years her songs were among the biggest hits, and, awarded several times as best vocalist, she became the undisputed “Queen of the Radio”.

Ângela Maria established herself as one of the great interpreters of samba-canção with a popularity that wasn’t even surpassed by Elizeth Cardoso. Artistically, Ângela Maria’s repertoire up to 1962 is considered her most demanding, being also her busiest period with at least two albums a year. Interestingly, her notable collaboration with Waldir Calmon in 1958, Quando os Astros Se Encontram, was recorded without her knowledge—scheduled as a rehearsal it was recorded secretly. Along the way, this session without warm-up or repeated takes produced one of her biggest hits, the mambo Babalú, showcasing her fine mezzo in an operatic style.

Recording almost all sorts of music such as bolero, tango, mambo, cha-cha and various samba styles, Ângela Maria never switched to bossa nova or tropicália. So, from the late sixties on, her style was increasingly considered cheesy and outdated but she kept being busy and her fans remained loyal, making Ângela Maria possibly the only singer of the radio era to be successful to such an extent for decades.

Playlist Ângela Maria:
1. Não Tenho Você (Paulo Marques – Ari Monteiro) from the album Não Tenho Você (1961)
2. Quando a Chuva Chegar (Fernando César – João Leal Brito ”Britinho”) from the album Quando A Noite Vem – Ângela Maria, Uma Voz Para Milhões (1961)
3. Salve a Cabrocha (Zé Keti) from the album Para Você Ouvir e Dançar (1958)
4. Não Há Mais Tempo (Fernando César – João Leal Brito ”Britinho”) from the album Ângela – A Maior Maria (1964)
5. Intenção (Getúlio Macedo – Lourival Faissal) from the album Ângela Maria (1958)
6. Atiraste uma Pedra (Herivelto Martins – David Nasser) from the album Ângela Maria Canta Sucessos de David Nasser (1959)
7. Lembranças (Raul Sampaio – Benil Santos) from the album Presença de Angela Maria (1963)
8. Babalú (Margarita Lecuona) from the album Quando os Astros se Encontram (1958) with Waldir Calmon

Poesia das Favelas performed by Ângela Maria in the movie Quem Roubou Meu Samba (1958)

The art work for Quando A Noite Vem – Ângela Maria, Uma Voz Para Milhões is by Joselito with photograph by Mafra.



Ângela Maria — Sucessos de Ângela Maria (b)

Ângela Maria — Boneca (b)

Ângela Maria — Ângela, a Maior Maria (b)



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